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Soft Pretzels

On a recent trip to NYC my cousin proclaimed that she had to have a pretzel from a street vendor.  I encouraged her to go for it,  knowing that I would be able to sample it for myself.  I had forgotten just how good soft pretzels taste.  That was it. I decided I would have to try making these on my own.  After taking a few weeks to read different recipes, I decided to use one that took a classic approach; boiling the pretzels before cooking them in the oven.

I used this recipe, Another Martha Stewart recipe, I just can’t seem to get away from her! This recipe was so simple and delicious.

After you make the dough, let it rise and divide it into 10-12 equal parts.  Once divided,  roll each section into long snakes and make each snake into a U shape.

Bring each end of the U to the curved center to make a pretzel shape.  Repeat for each section of the dough.

Place on a baking sheet line with parchment paper, allow the pretzels to rise for 20 mins.

Tip: Spray your baking sheet with a little cooking spray before lining with parchment–the paper will stick better!

While the pretzels rise, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a few table spoons of baking powder.  It will get a quite bubbly at first, then it will die down.

This is where the fun begins.  Add a few of the pretzels to the boiling water and allow them to sit in the water for about 1 min each side.  Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and  transfer to a wire cooling rack allowing pretzels to “drip dry” . Repeat for all pretzels.

For the first batch, I kept the water at a rolling boil and this, my friends, was a mistake.  I had one pretzel casuality.  Lesson learned, keep the water at a low boil.   I don’t know why but the act of boiling the dough was so fun for me, I guess I am kind of a dork!

Place boiled pretzels on parchment lined baking sheets.  Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Personally, I love salt so I was pretty generous here, but use as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.  Cook at 475 degrees for about 12 mins.

I snagged a little piece of the wounded solider fresh out of the oven because I just couldn’t wait to try them.  All I have to say is the salty, doughy goodness was delicious and well worth the time it took!

Your possibilities are pretty endless when it comes to ways you can enjoy these soft pretzels.  Eat them plain or try dipping them in your favorite sauce!  This half of WCWWC is not as big of a sports fan as the other, however I always love the food that goes with sporting events.  Much like Catherine’s recent Game 2 post these would make an excellent Game 3 half time snack! BEAT LA!

Enjoy

Lizzie

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